857110 Remote sensing and geographical information systems (UBRM)

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


This course is designed as an introduction course. The following topics will be covered:
•Definitions, examples of applications
•What are geodata?
•Data models: raster versus vector
•Geometry, thematic attributes and topology of geodata
•Coordinate reference systems: geoid – reference plane – map projections
•Vertical reference systems
•Global navigation satellite systems
•Physical, geometric and methodological principles of remote sensing
•Sensors used for data acquisition in remote sensing and their characteristics
•Image processing and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery
•Orthophoto production and stereoscopy
•Visual image interpretation, interpretation keys
•GIS data formats
•Principles of a geodatabase
•Data processing in a GIS (geoprocessing)
•Interpolation methods
•Digital elevation models
•Geodata in Austria
•WebGIS: online map and data services
Remotely sensed imagery are used for a land cover/land use interpretation using GIS tools within a small project.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic computer skills

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The objective of this course is to provide basic knowledge in the fields of remote sensing and geoinformation systems (GIS) for various disciplines at BOKU dealing with spatial data. Students will get an overview about the possibilities regarding the acquisition, storage and processing of geodata (with a focus on remotely sensed data). At the end, students will have knowledge about the potentials of geodata and should be able to carry out small projects independently.

The theoretical part of the course covers the basic principles in remote sensing and GIS, and their applications. The project work focuses on a visual interpretation of remotely sensed imagery using a GIS (QGIS or ArcGIS). Students will learn how to apply different remote sensing and GIS methods.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.